What a week . . .

I have quite a few updates to share.

First – yesterday I went to see the VA again about my migraines.  I’m now fully convinced that they can’t help me – but they would love to know why I won’t just roll over and do as I’m told.  They don’t like ex-service men who think for themselves.  We’re supposed to be broken of that bad habit in Basic Training.  Too bad I was ready for the mental component of the course.  LOL!

The doctor wanted to put me on a prescription for gabapentin.  He actually wrote it – but I didn’t talk to a pharmacist so I didn’t get the prescription before leaving.  A good thing, as it turns out this is another example of doctors using a drug that was FDA approved for one thing (in this case, it’s an anti-convulsant for epilepsy) to treat something else (migraines).  It should be illegal to use any drug to treat something it wasn’t specifically approved for.  Oh, and check this out from an official medical website:

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking gabapentin. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.” 


The good news, though, is that my weight is down to 211 – officially (because they don’t like to take a home scale’s word for it).  Well, actually, it was 217 with my shoes on, but my shoes weigh 6 pounds and I usually weigh without them.

On the sidewalk through our yard – the trench is now dug and the framing has been started.  There were a few hiccups along the way – the backhoe broke the water line & the encasement for the water meter – so we had some repair cycles rushed through.  It’s all good now.  They even managed to save the 2 trees I had started to believe they were going to need to remove.

Since the 17th I’ve had a rib out of place, just a little bit but enough to hurt, in a spot next to my spine.  It’s managed to do a good job of keeping me from sleeping more than a few hours at a time – but I have an appointment today to get an adjustment and it will all be good soon.  I’d have seen the chiropractor for the adjustment sooner – but he has been out of town on vacation.  His first day back was the day I had to go to the VA.  Part of me thinks I should have stayed home and went to the chiropractor.

But – hey!  Major bonus!  When I got dressed to go to the VA yesterday, I put on a pair of jeans I’ve been saving for over 2 years.  I haven’t been able to fit into them for that long – but yesterday I put them on and didn’t even have to fight with them to fasten them shut.  They just fit.  It is really nice to be (well, more than) 35 pounds lighter than I started 2015 at.  And it’s all due to the Paleo Diet.  I’m not dropping the weight fast (and still would like to lose another 35 pounds) – but it is going, and a pound every week or two is a perfect pace to maintain.  My blood sugar levels are fairly stable, I’m not starving myself, and I get to eat real food.  There is no down side.  The real muscle that has been hidden under the fat is starting to show again.  I like it.


4 thoughts on “What a week . . .

  1. First off, I’m sorry about those darn migraines! I do know that some medications, even the one for epilepsy, can be very effective in different doses, doses not intended for epilepsy. HOWEVER, I soooo get not wanting to take something like that, especially if it can cause thoughts of a very negative nature. How very frustrating for you my friend. Then you pull a rib out, really?!? now THAT is not fun and hurts like the devil!! Poor guy. BUTTTTTTT, congratulations on the weight thing because that isn’t an easy task at all. Proud of you sir! I pray you get to feeling better and soon. 🙂 🙂

    • My concern is that if those drugs aren’t approved by the FDA for use on migraines – that means they either haven’t been tested or they didn’t pass the test, but the doctors are using them for it anyway. THAT is why this type of use should be illegal. I don’t care if they use something originally made for foot fungus to treat eye problems – as long as it has been tested and approved FOR THAT USE before the doctors start prescribing it that way.

      • EXACTLY!! I know there are those who are on their last leg and will try anything, and I get that. Good thing you are well educated in this area, but what about the poor saps who are not and they just trust their docs…scary.

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